Patricia D. Barksdale
United States Magistrate Judge
Patricia Barksdale was sworn-in as a United States Magistrate Judge on November 1, 2013. Judge Barksdale received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Florida. After graduating 2nd in her law school class, Judge Barksdale clerked for the Honorable Emmett R. Cox, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and later for the Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. During her legal career, she has worked as an associate at a national law firm, where she specialized in commercial and employment litigation; as in-house counsel at a large corporation, where she negotiated contracts and specialized in labor and employment matters; and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida, where she represented the United States in hundreds of appeals before the Eleventh Circuit. She has served as Chair of The Florida Bar Federal Practice Committee, President of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and President of the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court. She currently serves on the University of Florida Law Center Association Board of Trustees.